Biostudy - Term 3 Week 4 (Biomagnification)

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Biostudy - Term 3 Week 4 (Biomagnification) - Quiz

Don't cheat - this test concentrates only on biomagnification as that is all we looked at in class - pretty easy


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is the other way of saying "Biological Magnification"

    • A.

      Biological build-up

    • B.

      Biomultiplication

    • C.

      Bioaccumulation

    • D.

      Biological enlargenment

    Correct Answer
    C. Bioaccumulation
    Explanation
    Bioaccumulation is the process by which toxins or pollutants accumulate in the tissues of organisms over time. This term describes the increase in concentration of these substances as they move up the food chain. It is an alternative way of referring to "Biological Magnification" as it highlights the accumulation of substances rather than their increase in size or quantity.

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  • 2. 

    Bilogical magnification is caused by poisons/chemicals that can be broken down by organisms

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Biological magnification, also known as biomagnification, is the process by which certain harmful substances, such as heavy metals or pesticides, become more concentrated as they move up the food chain. These substances cannot be broken down by organisms and instead accumulate in higher levels of the food chain, posing a greater risk to top predators. Therefore, the statement that biological magnification is caused by poisons/chemicals that can be broken down by organisms is false.

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  • 3. 

    Which ends up with the most posions/chemicals due to biological magnification?

    • A.

      Producers

    • B.

      Organisms of a high trophic level

    • C.

      Organisms of a low trophic level

    • D.

      Tertiary consumers

    Correct Answer
    B. Organisms of a high trophic level
    Explanation
    Organisms of a high trophic level end up with the most poisons/chemicals due to biological magnification. This is because as you move up the food chain, the concentration of toxins and chemicals increases. The organisms at the top of the food chain, such as tertiary consumers, consume a large number of organisms from lower trophic levels, accumulating the toxins present in those organisms. As a result, organisms at higher trophic levels have a higher concentration of poisons/chemicals in their bodies compared to organisms at lower trophic levels.

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  • 4. 

    Chemicals/poisons that accumulates through biomagnification cannot be excreted

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Chemicals or poisons that accumulate through biomagnification cannot be excreted because they have a tendency to accumulate in the tissues of organisms as they move up the food chain. This means that the higher an organism is in the food chain, the higher the concentration of these chemicals or poisons in their body. Due to their persistent nature and the inability of organisms to break them down, they cannot be easily eliminated or excreted from the body. Therefore, the statement "chemicals/poisons that accumulate through biomagnification cannot be excreted" is true.

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  • 5. 

    Examples of non-biodegradeable chemicals:

    • A.

      DDT, PCBs, and dieldrin

    • B.

      Cellulose, starch and glycogen

    • C.

      Amylase, pepsin and protease

    Correct Answer
    A. DDT, PCBs, and dieldrin
    Explanation
    The correct answer is DDT, PCBs, and dieldrin. These chemicals are examples of non-biodegradable chemicals because they cannot be broken down by natural processes in the environment. They persist in the environment for a long time and can accumulate in the food chain, causing harm to organisms.

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  • 6. 

    Ppm means:

    • A.

      Photosynthetic particle mass

    • B.

      Parts per meter

    • C.

      Particles per million

    • D.

      Parts per million

    Correct Answer
    D. Parts per million
    Explanation
    ppm stands for "parts per million," which is a unit of measurement used to express the concentration of a substance in a solution. It indicates the number of parts of a particular substance present in one million parts of the solution. This unit is commonly used in various fields, such as environmental science, chemistry, and industry, to quantify small concentrations of substances.

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  • 7. 

    Bioaccumulation is measured by parts per million (ppm)

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Bioaccumulation refers to the process in which a substance, such as a pollutant or toxin, builds up in the tissues of an organism over time. It is commonly measured using parts per million (ppm), which indicates the concentration of the substance in relation to the total weight of the organism. Therefore, the statement that bioaccumulation is measured by parts per million (ppm) is true.

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